As the National Capital reels under severe heat conditions and sees an increased demand for water, production at three of Delhi Jal Board’s water treatment plants (WTPs) has gone down in over a decade, an RTI query has revealed.
The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) manages its daily supply through WTPs at Chandrawal I & II, Wazirabad I, II & III, Haiderpur I&II, Nangloi, Bhagirathi and Sonia Vihar, totaling a production of about 735-odd million gallons of water per day (MGD). About 100 MGD comes from ground water.
BS Vohra from East Delhi RWAs Joint Front had filed an RTI in this regard and sought data for last the 10 years of water production at DJB’s plants.
Replies revealed that production at Chandrawal I & II was 36,860 million gallons in 2003-04, 36,671.97 million gallons in 2004-05, 36,416.62 million gallons in 2007-08 and 33,623.93 million gallons in 2012-13.
Similarly, clear water production at Wazirabad went down from 44,589 million gallons in 2003-04 to 44,224 million gallons in 2006-07 to 44,135 million gallons in 2012-13, the data revealed.
“The data is shocking to us as Delhi’s population has increased manifold during the last 10 years. The rest of the plants have not yet bothered to reply to the RTI,” Vohra said.
But DJB officials are neither amused or find any of the revelations surprising. The Chandrawal plant was built in 1936 and hence its efficiency is less.
“But it’s rehabilitation is already under way, which will increase its functioning,” said a DJB official.